Tried-and-true tips for taming your hair as it grows. 

By Laurice Rawls
September 23, 2015

This article originally appeared on MIMI

I vividly remember sitting at my computer Googling phrase after phrase with no luck. "How to grow out a pixie cutfast", "how to grow your hair", and "how did Jennifer Lawrence grow out her pixie so easily?" got me nowhere. I cut my hair after allowing my friend to color it at home—big mistake. I had never colored my hair and had NO idea how much work taking care of colored strands really was. So I continued my usual hair routine, completely disregarding breakage. I decided I would get my hair braided, weaved, and then braided again, until my stylist admitted that my hair was extremely unhealthy.

She told me that I was running out of options and if I was ever going to get my hair back to a healthy state, I needed to at least trim some of the split ends. I thought about the idea of a trim and basically having a mushroom cut (not cute…), and decided to let her go for the big chop. I was emotional; I never liked the idea of cutting my already short hair. But eventually, I fell in love with my pixie and couldn't imagine my life without it. I moved cities and was afraid I wouldn't find another stylist who could cut my hair like my last, so I started the journey of growing out my hair. My only goal? To be able to put my hair in small, bun ballerina bun. (Spoiler alert: Goal = achieved.)

Here are some tips, truths, and strategies I found helpful while growing out my pixie:

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